Minimally-Invasive Spay Surgeries

spayOur highly-skilled surgical team at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is pleased to offer our patients the latest in spay and neuter surgeries. In fact, we are one of the few veterinary clinics in America that offers a minimally invasive laparoscopic ovariectomy; a spay procedure in which only the ovaries are removed. All of veterinarians constantly stay informed about the most technologically-advanced surgery techniques so that we can enhance precision, improve outcomes and accelerate healing time for your pets after neuter or spay surgery.

Benefits of Neuter and Spay Surgery

Until recently, most of the spay surgery procedures performed here in the states were ovariohysterectomies. During this procedure, both the ovaries and the uterus are removed. This usually involves a long incision and considerable disturbance of the surrounding abdominal tissues; requiring significant healing time. Since 1984, European veterinarians have been performing ovariectomy surgeries, which remove only the ovaries while leaving the other structures intact. Studies have shown that ovariectomies carry fewer risks while having faster recovery times. Pets undergoing the latter surgery experience fewer incidents of pyometra (pus accumulation in the uterine cavity), urinary incontinence and endometritis (uterine lining inflammation), particularly when the surgery was done via laparoscopy.

Laparoscopic cryptorchid neuter or spay surgeriesĀ are a minimally-invasive procedures that significantly decrease the healing time after an operation. Instead of a normal surgical incision that could be several inches long, a laparoscopic procedure involves only a couple of very small incisions (no larger than a centimeter). Into one of the incisions, we insert a tiny camera affixed to a thin rod. The camera then projects a clear, magnified view of the operation area onto a TV screen. This gives us better visibility during the surgery. SinceĀ the incisions are small, less of the surrounding tissue is disturbed. Smaller incisions are less painful and heal faster. It is also easier for pet owners to keep the surgical wound clean at home, significantly reducing the risk of infections. In fact, during such procedures on large breed dogs, we can also perform a gastropexy (to attach the stomach to the abdominal wall) to prevent the risk of deadly stomach twisting later on. This means proactively preventing fewer operations moving forward.

We also want to remind pet owners in the area that these surgeries are a critical part of responsible pet care and can greatly improve the quality of life you have with your pet. Spay and neuter surgeries almost eliminate the risk of cancers of the reproductive organs, and can solve many of the behavior problems that families struggle with, especially in male pets. Not to mention the fact that there are still 6 to 8 million stray and abandoned animals that end up in shelters annually, about half of whom end up having to be euthanized.

Please call us today at (410) 527-0800 to learn more about our laparoscopic spay or neuter procedures.